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Venus and Adonis

around 1595/97, Artist: Bartholomäus Spranger



Venus and Adonis

Venus loves the handsome shepherd and hunter Adonis. Full of foreboding, she tries in vain to hold the loved one back from the hunt; later he will be killed by a wild boar. The hunting dog in the foreground is his symbol, while Cupid and the pair of doves accompany Venus. The richly shaded colouring, above all the silkily shimmering skin, show the influence of Hans von Aachen who had finally arrived at the Prague Court in 1596.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name





around 1595/97


Bartholomäus Spranger (1546 Antwerpen - 1611 Prag) - GND




163 cm × 104,3 cm
Framed (gallery frame): 178 cm × 120 cm × 6,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 2526


From the treasury of Rudolf II.

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